Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A New Book by Danilo Mueses

I recently did a review of Danilo A. Mueses’ new book La EmisiĆ³n de 1880 y sus Derivaciones for “The American Philatelist” that will appear in an up-coming issue of the magazine. In the book, he states that certain of the postal stationery items are quite rare, which they are.

During a visit to the Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum the past July, Bill Welch and I were privileged to examine some of these rare items that are in the Michel Postal Stationary of the World Collection, which is comprised of 143 volumes and several boxes. It was donated by A. Eugene Michel on June 12, 1940 (Accession Number 152441). I want to thank Tom Lera, Winston M. Blount Research Chair, and Jim O’Donnell, NPM Museum Specialist for providing illustrations of all these covers.

15c envelope used from Puerto Plate to Germany, 7 January 1890


The high values in the collection:

On parchment like paper

60c (210 x 93 mm)

60c (240 x 101 mm)


1 Peso

On Laid Paper

60c on white

60c on blue

75c on yellow

The book is at the American Philatelic Research Library.

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25. Admission is free.